Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing students.
  • Practical nurses perform hands-on patient care in a high demand occupation. This program prepares students to work as a practical nurse in such places as homecare agencies, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, hospitals and healthcare clinics. This is a 1,200-hour program's two phases includes Basic Skills, Drug Administration/Pharmacology and Anatomy and Physiology. Students learn through classroom, lab and clinical experiences. After the successful completion of Basic Skills, students will sit for the New York State Nurse Aide Certification Test in order to earn a certificate as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Phase two of the program includes Medical-Surgical Nursing and Specialty Areas (Women’s Reproductive Health, Mental Health and Pediatrics), with continued lab and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN). 

    • SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) Code: 29-2061
    • U.S. Department of Labor: www.bls. gov/SOC
    • HEGIS Code 5209.20

    Prerequisite: Completed application, two professional references, passing score on the KAPLAN PN pre-entrance exam, interview with lead instructor (including 250-word essay), HS Diploma or equivalent required. Please provide college transcripts, if prior attendance.

    Additional Requirements: Up-to-date physical and immunizations, valid CPR card, and students must provide their own stethoscope, watch, white shoes, medical scissors and medical flashlight pen. Computer with Internet access is highly recommended.

    Application Fee: $75 non-refundable application fee is required.

Course Information

  • Estimated Tuition: $12,985 (Includes E-books, supplies, NYS Nurse Aide Certification Test fee and uniforms. Tuition also covers the NCLEX Exam Fee.)

    Median loan debt incurred by student: $9,500 

    Completion Rate**: 93%

    Job Placement Rate**: 100% 

    NCLEX Licensure Exam Pass Rate**: 89% 

    Program Length: 1200 hours

    Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (class/lab) for approximately 11 months, Clinical hours are generally Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. (clinical hours will vary)

    Location: Fulton Campus (11 River Glen Dr.)

    Start Date: Fall

    Taught by: Elizabeth Rice, BSN RN, Jennifer DiGregorio, RN, Claudia Hurne, RN, Eleanor Miller, RN

    Application Fee: $75 non-refundable application fee is required

    Average Salary*: $46,240

    *According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    **According to Council on Occupational Education 2018-2019 Statistics